Healthy living

Longan or dragon eyes

Longans are small and round with a smooth, beige-brown leathery skin. The flesh is white to off-white or pinkish colour surrounding a central seed. Longans are very similar in flavour to lychees although milder and less acidic. Use in fruit salad and platters, add to Asian dishes, for example sweet and sour chicken, pork and fish. Puree and use in fruit juices and deserts.


Look for bright, firm, well coloured fruit. There should be no sign of skin discolouration, cracking or shrivelling.


Wrap in plastic and store in refrigerator. Best to use as soon as possible.


Remove skin and deseed before use.

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